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SHALOM – YRGCARE HCV treatment collaboration

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YRGCARE in collaboration with SHALOM is pleased to announce the launch of a zero-interest “Pay it Forward” HCV treatment program with a special focus on people who use drugs (PWUD) in Aizawl.

India is estimated to be home to over 6 million HCV infected persons who are in need of treatment. Despite the introduction of generic HCV therapy in 2015, uptake has been sub-optimal primarily due to costs and non-availability of infrastructure for laboratory testing required to deliver treatment.


While prevalence in the general population is low, burden of HCV is several fold higher among drug using populations – in Aizawl, prevalence among drug using populations is upwards of 60%.


YRGCARE has been partnering with SHALOM in delivering HIV care to PWUD since 2014 and an increasing request from the community is to make HCV treatment accessible. While there is a free HIV treatment program in place, there is no such program for HCV in Aizawl.


In focus groups with PWUD, it became evident that they were willing to pay for the treatment but not all at once but rather over installments over a 6-12 month period. Consequently, we have developed a zero interest finance program with substantial cost subsidazation.


When costs are recovered from a patient, a new patient is initiated on treatment – in other words, each patient’s treatment is free and he/she is paying for the treatment of his/her peer. We believe that, if sucessful, this model will provide a sustainable alternative until free programs are available nationwide.


YRGCARE strongly believes that no individual should be denied access to health care because of gender, sexual orientation, caste, creed, color or risk practice and this program is a small step in making HCV care more accessible to a population that is highly vulnerable to this disease.

Board and Chief Functionary of SHALOM in a press meet to announce HCV program in collaboration with YRG
Board and Chief Functionary of SHALOM in a press meet to announce HCV program in collaboration with YRG

HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) Training at YRGCARE, Chennai

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A 2-day training course for laboratory personnel on Pre- and Post-HIV Testing and Counseling. Course Fee: Rs. 2500.

For registration and more details, please write to us at VCTtraining@yrgcare.org

Next session: October 2017

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Conference Dates

10 Jun, 2017  -

11 Jun, 2017

Plenary Session by Dr Kumarasamy, Chief Medical Officer, YRGCARE

“Introducing new options for 1st line ART in resource limited settings” discussed about newer strategies for initiating treatment. Participants included approx. 500 doctors and researchers.
The 2nd Asia Pacific AIDS & Co-infections Conference (APACC), June 1 to 3, 2017, Hong Kong.
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Camp Rainbow Chennai , May 2017

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The theme, Animal World – Pink Panther, Blue Bumble Bee, Yellow Minions and Green Goofy, made the campers really excited: the grand welcome, personalised ID cards and welcome notes designed with their favourite characters.

In Camp Season 2017, we served 96 campers. From practising new dance moves to pitching a tent,  the campers were engaged and entertained by a team of 32 trained staff whose goal was to change the negative labels that the campers walked in with, into positive ones – all in a short duration of 5 days! 

Changing perspectives... campers learned more about HIV, taking medications on time and nutritious food.  Playing with paints and glue, the campers learned about money savings making papier mache piggy banks; a skill which will be taken further through the follow up programming. 

A world of wonder and excitement, campers had a lot of learning with fun – @ Camp Rainbow, we call it SeriousFun – where everything is done with an intention. 

For more information: pix and stories-coming soon on facebook.com/yrgcare

GCLP Workshop on International Standards, ISO 15189:2012

GCLP outlines the principles and procedures to be followed by medical laboratories involved in patient care and/or clinical research so as to provide consistent, reproducible, auditable, and reliable laboratory results; which contribute to good patient care and promote a positive attitude toward testing from a patient’s perspective. This workshop is designed to offer comprehensive guidance for those who are implementing GCLP in their laboratories.

Organized by: YRG Centre for AIDS Research and Education (YRG CARE), Chennai & Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai

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Conference Dates

23 Mar, 2017  -

25 Mar, 2017

YRGCARE @ CROI2016

YRG CARE is known in India and overseas for its research in the various facets of the spectrum of HIV infection: clinical, psychosocial, epidemiological, behavioral, and other related areas. We present our research at national and international conferences every year, and are published in peer-reviewed journals across the globe. Following are the presentations by our researchers at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in 2016.

  • Name
    Conference Abstract Title
  • High Prevalence of HIV Among Wives of Married Men Who Have Sex With Men in India. Srikrishnan AK, Mehta SH, Tomori C et al.
  • Substance Use Is a Major Barrier to Viral Suppression Among Key Populations in India. Solomon SS, Lucas GM, Srikrishnan AK, et al.
  • Respondent-Driven Sampling: An Epidemiological Tool With Interventional Potential. Solomon SS, Srikrishnan AK, Anand S, et al.
  • TB Outcomes With ATV/r and Two Rifamycin-Containing TB Regimens in HIV/TB in India. Jenks JJ, Benson CA, Kumarasamy N, et al.
  • Gender-Specific Factors Related to HIV Risks Among People Who Inject Drugs in India; Sabari B, Srikrishnan AK, Solomon SS, et al.
  • HSV-2 Acquisition Among HIV-1 Infected Adults With Tenofovir-Based ART in ACTG 5175. Celum CM, Hong T, Cent A, et al.
  • ACTG 5273 Randomized Trial of Second-Line ART Supports WHO Guidance. La Rosa AM, Harrison LJ, Taiwo B.

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HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) Training at YRGCARE, Chennai

YRGCARE has scheduled the next 2-day training course for laboratory personnel on Pre- and Post-HIV Testing and Counseling

Course Fee: Rs. 2500.

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For registration and more details, please write to us at VCTtraining@yrgcare.org

Training Dates
9 March, 2017 – 10 March, 2017

Conference Dates

9 Mar, 2017  -

10 Mar, 2017

Chennai ART Symposium (CART) 2017

inauguration-1YRGCARE is pleased to offer CART 2017 on 25 – 26 March 2017 in Chennai.

Objective of the Symposium:

  • To disseminate the latest clinical update on the management of HIV disease.
  • To update practicing clinicians on the current concept of Antiretroviral Therapeutics, newer drugs, resistance and toxicities.

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Conference Dates

25 Mar, 2017  -

26 Mar, 2017

YRGCARE and Sri Ramachandra University sign MoU

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YRG CARE and Sri Ramachandra Medical University (SRU), Porur, Chennai, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 13 May 2016 for a long-term collaboration. SRU is an internationally renowned teaching and research institution in medical, dental and other allied health sciences.

The key elements of the collaboration are:

  • Joint teaching and research programs (including clinical trials) in various areas such as: HIV disease, HCV disease, General Medicine, Medical Microbiology, Biotechnology, Drug Development, Clinical and Molecular Biology and other areas of basic medical and allied sciences.
  • Project work and training at the undergraduate and postgraduate (masters and doctoral levels) to be carried out at both SRU and YRG CARE.
  • Jointly conducting conferences, workshops, symposia and other courses.
  • Facultydevelopment in fields of mutual interest such asepidemiology including study design, and biostatistics.
  • Guest lectures by visiting faculty between the two institutions

A steering committee will guide these joint efforts.

Dr. Suniti Solomon awarded the Padma Shri

On Republic Day 2017, the Government of India posthumously conferred the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award on our founder, Dr Suniti Solomon, in recognition of her pioneering work in the field of HIV disease and her yeoman service to HIV-positive people, their families, their communities, and the country.

In 1986, Dr. Suniti Solomon documented the first six cases of HIV infection in India. At the time, she was a professor of medical microbiology at Madras Medical College, and was guiding a doctoral student’s thesis in HIV/AIDS, which was then an emerging infectious disease in the world. Dr. Solomon was convinced the infection was prevalent in India though nobody had reported it.

Dr Suniti tackled the problem on two levels: medical and social. She knew that with medical advances and the wide availability of anti-retroviral drugs, the disease could be controlled, but stigma could rip apart individuals, families, and entire communities, and she spent the last thirty years of her life fighting it.

Further details about Dr Suniti’s life and work can be found  here and here.

As a woman who was up against tremendous odds in what was essentially a man’s world, Dr Suniti was passionate about the education of women, which she saw as the key to their success in society. If you would like to help with this aspect of her work, i.e., the medical education of girls who could go on to become future Suniti Solomons, please visit this page and support us in whatever way you can.

World AIDS Day Campaign in Chennai

World AIDS Day, December 1, 2016 Campaign

Every year, December 1 is observed globally as World AIDS Day. Science has made great strides in the management of HIV.

Know more, Get Tested Today!

YRGCARE offers outreach services to the public at large, and health counseling, treatment and psychosocial assistance to people living with HIV. During the month of December 2016, on any mutually convenient date and time, YRGCARE offers an opportunity to the public through corporate and other institutes to deliver a 30 minute interactive presentation on HIV. These sessions dispel myths and misconceptions and increases awareness and knowledge about the infection. YRGCARE experts will clarify all questions of participants.

For more information or to schedule any additional personalized sessions at our clinics, please contact our Helpline 044 33125000 (Mon-Sat; 8 am-8 pm).

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HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) Training at YRGCARE, Chennai

YRGCARE has scheduled the next 2-day training course for laboratory personnel on Pre- and Post-HIV Testing and Counseling on December 15-16, 2016. Course Fee: Rs. 2500.

For more details, click here http://www.yrgcare.org/services/laboratory/education/

For registration and more details, please write to us at VCTtraining@yrgcare.org

Chennai ART Symposium (CART) 2016

About CART 2016
Y.R.G. CARE is pleased to offer the 2016 symposium (CART 2016) on 16 April 2016 – 17 April 2016 in Chennai.

Objective of the Symposium:

  • To disseminate the latest clinical update on the management of HIV disease.
  • To update practicing clinicians on the current concept of Antiretroviral Therapeutics, newer drugs, resistance and toxicities.

Click here for more details and registration.
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Conference Dates

16 Apr, 2016  -

17 Apr, 2016

Elton John AIDS Foundation supports YRGCARE

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) supports YRGCARE to implement and evaluate HIV interventions amongst men who have sex with men (MSM) and persons who inject drugs (PWID) at 11 clinics across Chandigarh (UT), Chattisgarh, Karnataka, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Seemandhra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana

200 Children with HIV to get free medicines

2015 WORLD AIDS DAY: Full spectrum of HIV antiretroviral drugs and comprehensive health care will be made available free of cost to over 200 children living with HIV in good standing at the YRGCARE paediatric clinics beginning today.